R.A. Edwards, Chairman, has held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors for Douglas County Bank since 2006. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for First National Bank of Hutchinson and as CEO of First Kansas Bankshares. Mr. Edwards worked for Douglas County Bank from 1975-1981 as the President and CEO before taking the President and CEO position with First National Bank of Hutchinson. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelors Degree in Business and a Masters in Business Administration. He served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant-Chief Engineer from 1969-1971. Mr. Edwards is very involved with the University of Kansas serving on the Board of Trustees and the KU Endowment Association Executive Committee and Finance Committee. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board for Data Center, Inc., as a Trustee for the Davis Foundation and on the Board of Directors for Westar Energy Inc., Hutchinson Community College Foundation, Kansas Natural Gas Advisory, Kansas Philanthropies, Inc., and Mitchelhill Seed Company. Mr. Edwards joined the Douglas County Bank Board of Directors in 1977.
Ted Haggart, Vice Chairman, joined Douglas County Bank in April 2001 and served as President until January 2014. His responsibilities include business development, marketing, community service activities and working with the bank’s Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, Lawrence Junior Achievement, the KU Center for Research Finance Committee and as a board member for the Bioscience and Technology Center. Mr. Haggart’s previous community activities include serving as the Chair of the Lawrence Regional Technology Center, President of the Lawrence Rotary Club, and President of the Friends of the Lied Center. Before joining Douglas County Bank, Mr. Haggart was President of Union National (now Commerce Bank) in Manhattan and Senior Vice President of First National Bank (now Sunflower Bank) in Salina. He was an economics professor at Kansas State University, Executive Director of the Kansas Economic Education Council and an economist for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with degrees in economics and mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and also served as a LtJG in the US Navy.
Marilyn Dobski is currently the owner/operator of Dobski and Associates, a McDonald’s franchisee. Mrs. Dobski, together with her husband Tom, has owned and operated the restaurant business for almost thirty years. She supervises three offices including Office Management/Human Resources, Account and Marketing/Advertising. Mrs. Dobski is very involved with fellow owner/operators of McDonald’s franchises as well as corporate personnel at the national, divisional, regional and co-op levels. Prior to her ownership in Dobski and Associates she was a teacher and raised two children. She attended DePaul University, earning a Bachelors of Education in Elementary Education and worked toward her Masters in Learning Disabilities from Northeastern Illinois University. Marilyn is very involved with the Lawrence community including serving on the Corpus Christi Endowment Board, Lawrence Schools Foundation Board of Trustees and the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Board. She is also active with the Ronald McDonald House Charities as a member of the Kansas City Board of Directors and serves as the secretary of the McDonald’s Women’s Operators Network. Mrs. Dobski joined the Douglas County Board of Directors in January of 2011. She currently serves on the Board’s Budget, Finance, Planning, Trust and Human Resources Committees.
Jim Eagan is currently a shareholder in Mize Houser & Company, a regional CPA firm. Beginning in 1974 as a staff accountant and becoming a shareholder in 1977, he is currently involved in accounting, income tax and consulting responsibilities. Mr. Eagan received both Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in Accounting from the University of Kansas and is currently a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Eagan served in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer and attended the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, GA (The University of Georgia) and then was assigned as the Accounting Officer for the navy on the island of Guam. Following his years with the Navy he worked for Hewlett Packard Corporation in Colorado Springs, Colorado as a process cost accountant. He re-entered the public accounting profession after HP in Lawrence, KS. He has served on many charitable boards and clubs in Lawrence. He currently serves on two additional for-profit corporation boards. Mr. Eagan joined the Douglas County Bank Board of Directors in 1984 and serves as Chairman of the Audit and Board Personnel Committees.
E. Laverne Epp is currently the Executive Chairman of the Bioscience and Technology Business Center (BTBC). He oversees governance and management of a 60,000 square foot business incubator affiliated with the University of Kansas. His scope of work includes the formation and recruitment of companies, capital acquisition for investments in companies and BTBC expansion projects. Prior to his work with BTBC, Mr. Epp was the President of Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. He also was the President and CEO of Retirement Management, owned a private law practice and served as a municipal judge. Mr. Epp received his undergraduate degree from Bethel College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska. He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and Lifespace Communities (Des Moines, IA), serves on the Board of Trustees for the KU Center for Research and the Board of Directors for the Lied Center. Mr. Epp joined the Douglas County Bank Board of Directors in 2011 and serves on the Audit and Loan Committees.
Joe Flannery is the President of Weaver’s, Inc. one of the longest existing retail department stores in the state of Kansas and the United States. At Weaver’s he oversees all operations, personnel and finances for the company. During his tenure with Weaver’s he has held many positions including Assistant Buyer, Buyer, Department Manager, Merchandise Manager, Marketing Director, Personnel Director and Executive Vice President. Before joining Weaver’s he worked for Vick Chemical Company. Mr. Flannery holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Mr. Flannery joined the Douglas County Board of Directors in 1997 and currently serves on the Budget, Finance, Planning and Human Resources Committee and the Directors Loan Committee.
Harry Gibson is a retired Exxon Corporation Executive who, prior to retirement, was responsible for the management of engineering, computing, staffing and planning support for Exxon’s United States Refining business. He spent 34 years with Exxon holding multiple positions including Environmental Coordinator, Strategic Planning Coordinator and numerous other management, technical and operations assignments with Exxon’s domestic refining operations. He was also active with the American Petroleum Institute as Exxon’s representative, serving as a member and chair of various committees involved with industry health and environmental legislative and regulatory issues. Mr. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. He also received leadership training at Harvard University. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the KU School of Engineering and is a past member of the Advisory Council of KU’s Center of International Business, Education and Research and Center for Environmental Education and Research. He is Past President of several local organizations including the Cottonwood Foundation, K-Club (KU letter winners association), and the New Generation Society of Lawrence. He has also served on the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center Foundation Board, Friends of the Lied Board, and Friends of the Hall Center Advisory Board. He currently is a member of the Lawrence Rotary Club. Mr. Gibson joined the Douglas County Bank Board of Directors in 2006 and serves as the Chair of the Trust Committee and on the Audit and Fiduciary Committees.
Steve Glass is retired from LRM Industries, Inc. Mr. Glass was the owner of LRM and served as Treasurer and Vice President prior to his retirement. Mr. Glass served in the United States Navy as a Petty Officer 3rd Class before joining LRM. He is currently serving as President of the Lawrence Rotary Club and is Past President of the Lawrence Schools Foundation. He has served on the Board for the Bert Nash Mental Health Center and for Douglas County Development, Inc. Mr. Glass joined the Douglas County Bank Board of Directors in 1997 and currently serves on the Budget, Finance, Planning and Human Resources Committee, Salary and Benefits Subcommittee, and Loan Committee. He also serves Kansas Natural Gas (the parent company of Douglas County Bank) on the Fiduciary Committee.
Pat Slabaugh, President, joined Douglas County Bank in November, 1983. His time is allocated between customer relationships and developing new business, leadership and daily management of the bank. He attended Emporia State University and is a graduate of the Colorado School Banking. Pat’s previous community service activities include President of Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, member of Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Finance Committee, Kansas Bankers Association Board of Directors, Kansas Bankers Association Government Affairs Committee, and a graduate of Leadership Lawrence. He currently serves on the Douglas County Bank Board of Directors, Chamber Economic Development Committee, DCCCA Board of Directors and Memorial Hospital Endowment Planned Giving Committee.
Sharon Spratt currently serves at the Chief Executive Officer of Cottonwood, Inc. She is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the overall operation and funding of the non-profit organization. Prior to her appointment as CEO of Cottonwood in 1994, Mrs. Spratt worked with community service providers in both Kansas and Florida in various service and administrative capacities. She holds a B.S. in education from Kansas State University and has completed graduate courses at the University of South Florida, Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas. Mrs. Spratt has served as a Board member for Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice, the Douglas County Dental Clinic, Leadership Lawrence and as Chair of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Board and continues to be active in a variety of other community activities.